The Matchup: No. 7 Boise State vs. No. 23 Georgia
When: September 3, 2011
Where: Atlanta, Georgia – The Georgia Dome
Game Time: 8:00 PM
What You Need To Know About Boise:
Boise State enters this game with a great deal of confidence. The Broncos’ program is really firing on all cylinders right now. Boise has a senior at quarterback in Kellen Moore, and he is one of the more underrated players in the country. He does nothing flashy, but he wins football games.
Boise State’s defensive line will be another strong key for this team. Boise will have four senior starters along the defensive front, and in all likelihood, 10 of 11 starters on defense will be seniors. The only remaining non-senior will be a junior.
This team is full of veteran players who know how to win and play one big game a year. Moreover, this team has experience in kick-off games like this, when they traveled to D.C. last year to open up and beat Virginia Tech.
What You Need To Know About Georgia:
The Georgia Bulldogs enter this showdown as the underdog, even though they hail from the SEC.
The Bulldogs have offensive firepower in quarterback Aaron Murray, wide receiver Tavarres King and tight end Orson Charles. Murray is the best returning quarterback in the SEC, after throwing for over 3,000 yards his freshman season, with 24 touchdowns.
The question marks on offense are at offensive line and at running back. There has been attrition at both positions; therefore, there are several question marks surrounding this team.
Defensively, Georgia looks pretty solid, but the Bulldogs are hoping to answer those with Kwame Geathers and JUCO transfer John Jenkins at nose tackle in this 3-4 defense. USC transfer Jarvis Jones and former safety Alec Ogletree will likely have a huge impact on the linebackers and in the pass rush. The secondary is very veteran-led, with Brandon Boykin and Bacarri Rambo both returning, and the secondary has all the tools to be a ball-hawking group.
The key matchup in this game is Georgia’s offensive line against Boise State’s defensive line. Georgia’s line has a number of question marks, while the Broncos’ line has several veterans ready to impress the rest of the country.
This will be a big game not only for Georgia but for the rest of the SEC as well.